Swan Lake

A Ballet in two acts
Recorded at DR Studios, Århus, Denmark
A Co-production by Danmarks Radio and Monarda Arts / RM arts in association with Channel 4


Natalia Makarova, one of the most important interpreters of the classical ballet repertoire in the twentieth century, has also had great success as a producer. Her staging of Swan Lake is based on the original choreography by Petipa and Ivanov, with additional choreography by the late Sir Frederick Ashton. Evelyn Hart and Peter Schaufuss dance the main roles in this studio recording. Makarova’s innovative interpretation presents the work as a story of perfect and eternal love. The main focus is on Siegfried’s love for Odette, her love for him, his unfaithfulness, for which she ultimately forgives him, and her self-sacrifice in going to her death with him in order to break the power of an evil curse. The production is succinct and well paced. The stage design by Günther Schneider-Siemssen does not use scenery to communicate changes of place and mood but back projections, which are extremely effective for creating a mysterious, magical atmosphere.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Hi-Res Audio Blu ray)



Executive Producer: Thomas Grimm
Directed for Screen by: Thomas Grimm
Assistant Director: Eva Tjoerby
Production Management: Erling Jensen
Cameras: Leif Larsen, Knud Pedersen, Bent Walther, Juul Sørensen
Sound: Knud Carstensen
Light: Jørgen Johannessen, Tim Hunter
Editor: Katarina Jonsson
Running Time: 116 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1988


Creative Team


Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: Graham Bond
Light: David Mohr
Choreography: Natalia Makarova, Sir Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa
Set and Costume Design: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Soloists: Evelyn Hart, Peter Schaufuss, Martin James, Elizabeth Anderton, Johnny Eliasen
Orchestra: The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra